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Germany and the sovereign debt crisis: How Angela Merkel’s initial reluctance towards Greece turned into her support

After 16 years as German Chancellor, Angela Merkel will not stand again in the German federal elections. This means that not only Germany but also the EU is losing one of its most experienced politicians. From the sovereign debt crisis to the migration crisis and the current impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Merkel has most of the time managed to maintain her reputation as a crisis manager. Some 10 years after her “first” crisis, the sovereign debt crisis in the EU, it is time to look at her decisions and especially the handling of Greece: Why did the German government initially resist financial support for Greece but eventually (and reluctantly) agreed to it?

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An Introduction To The Eastern Mediterranean – The “Problematic” Triangle: Turkey, Cyprus, and Greece

The Eastern Mediterranean has been the historic crossroads of four regions: Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Except for being the “home” of their multiple and diverse geographic affiliations and varied political identities, it also constitutes a territory of great strategic importance. The sixth and last part of this series discusses the “problematic” triangle: Turkey, Cyprus, Greece.

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An Introduction to the Eastern Mediterranean – Historic Crossroads of Four Regions

The Eastern Mediterranean has been the historic crossroads of four regions: Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Except for being the “home” of their multiple and diverse geographic affiliations and varied political identities, it also constitutes a territory of great strategic importance. This article presents the historical background of the region, given that a lot of the current geopolitical developments are either the outcomes or have their roots in disputes, settlements, and events of the 20th century.